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12-16-2010, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by DrAStuart View Post
From the WSJ on Boyle's work with Barbara Underhill:

In mid-June of this year, Brian Boyle, a 25-year-old center who was in the midst of a battle to stay in the NHL, took one simple stride down the ice during offseason training in Toronto. Barbara Underhill, a former Olympic figure skater who was just a few minutes into her new role as Mr. Boyle's skating coach, immediately stopped him and began to diagnose his problems.

He had bad posture. His shoulders were shrugged. His upper body was too tense. His arms flailed too wildly. He wasn't using his core. His hips weren't flexible. His legs went too high in the air, and he wasn't using his gluteus maximus efficiently enough.

Aside from that, everything was fine.

Mr. Boyle, a former first- round pick who had spent his career as 6-feet-7 inches of unrealized potential, saved his career this year through an unlikely path, the mentoring of Ms. Underhill, a figure skater who represented Canada in the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics.

With his new and improved skating ability, Mr. Boyle has been one of the early stars of the Rangers' season. He went from what Rangers coach John Tortorella admits was an outside shot at a roster spot to becoming the team's second-best goal scorer. He'd tallied eight goals heading into Friday's game against the Colorado Avalanche, this despite limited ice time and low expectations.

The rest of it is here:

Brings a tear to my eye.


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